Philadelphia Area Winners from the 2016 Great American Beer Festival

Ruby Stigz and Bob Barrar of 2SP Brewing | Photo via 2SP Brewing

Ruby Stigz and Bob Barrar of 2SP Brewing | Photo via 2SP Brewing

2SP Brewing may have been the upstart winning two medals at this weekend’s Great American Beer Festival but brewer Bob Barrar is hardly a stranger to medal winning success. Barrar won 20 GABF medals over 15 years for Iron Hill Brewery. This year, Barrar’s “The Russian” took home a gold medal in the Imperial Stout category and his Antonym, won a bronze for Belgian- and French-Style Ale.

Not a bad start for 2SP, which opened just over a year ago in Aston, Delaware County. Find 2SP beers at better beer bars across the region or at the tasting room at the brewery. The tasting room is now open seven days a week.

Iron Hill Brewery may have lost Barrar to his own brewery but the federation of brewpubs continued its winning ways. The Phoenixville location locked up a bronze medal for its Bridge Street Bok. It was the 20th year in a row that Iron Hill won at least one medal.

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Watch: The Story of South Philly Barbacoa’s Cristina Martinez

Cristina Martinez in the cart days | Photo by Emily Teel

Cristina Martinez in the cart days | Photo by Emily Teel

As part of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants coverage, the magazine produced a video on Cristina Martinez, the undocumented Mexican chef who runs the #6 restaurant on that list, South Philly Barbacoa. If you don’t know the story of Martinez and her husband Benjamin Miller it is a must-watch video.

And even if you do know the story, in this election year, it is a good reminder that immigration doesn’t just happen in a theoretical world, the struggles, successes and frustrations play out right here on the streets of Philadelphia and very often, in the kitchens of our favorite restaurants.
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South Philly Barbacoa Named to Bon Appetit Top Ten

Lamb tacos at South Philly Barbacoa | Photo by Emily Teel

Lamb tacos at South Philly Barbacoa | Photo by Emily Teel

Bon Appetit has announced its annual Hot 10 list of the best new restaurants in America and Philadelphia’s South Philly Barbacoa placed 6th on the list. Deputy editor Andrew Knowlton and senior editor Julia Kramer traveled more than 5,700 miles to more than 40 cities to create this list of the best new restaurants in the country.

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Philly Style Bagels Gets Best New Sandwich Nod

The Classic Lox Sandwich Philly Style Bagels

The Classic Lox Sandwich
Philly Style Bagels

Bon Appetit is back praising Philadelphia. A week after naming South Philly Barbacoa and Wm. Mulherin’s Sons among the 50 best new restaurants in the country, the magazine crowns Philly Style Bagels’ Classic Lox on a bagel as the best new sandwich in the country.

Editor Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer boast that whatever you put on this bagel, it will be “life-changing.”

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Two Philadelphia Restaurants Land on Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants List

Pizza Room at Wm. Mulherins Sons | Photo by Matthew Williams

Pizza Room at Wm. Mulherins Sons | Photo by Matthew Williams

Today Bon Appetit rolled out its 50 Best New Restaurants for 2016 and two Philadelphia restaurants make the cut. One might have been expected, the other is a surprise but a mighty deserving one. Slick Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is the expected choice, what with its gorgeous redo of a century old building and with celebrated chef Chris Painter in the kitchen. The magazine praises the pastas and pizza while also remarking on the cocktails coming from the bar.

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Philly Shut Out at the James Beard Awards

Ellen Yin, Alex Bois, Eli Kulp and Marisa Kulp | Photo via Fork

Ellen Yin, Alex Bois, Eli Kulp and Marisa Kulp | Photo via Fork

The James Beard Awards were held in Chicago last night and Philadelphia will have to stick with boasting about Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s double victory at last week’s James Beard Awards for Broadcast and Journalism. Solomonov did not win for Outstanding Chef and the other Philadelphia’s chefs and restaurateurs up for awards were shut out.

On the other hand it was quite the victory to see chef Eli Kulp and the Fork/High Street team at the awards. Kulp was paralyzed in last year’s Amtrak 188 accident but was in Chicago and looking dapper for the awards ceremony.

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Bon Appetit Highlights Philadelphia in Travel Issue

Bon Appetit's Travel Issue, How to Devour America's Best Food Cities | Instagram

Bon Appetit’s Travel Issue, How to Devour America’s Best Food Cities | Instagram

Philadelphia gets a six page spread in Bon Appetit’s May issue on travel. Bon Appetit’s Editor in Chief himself, Adam Rapoport spends 32 hours in town with co-worker and former 12 Steps Down employee Amiel Stanek. The pair get local help from W/N W/N Coffee Bar co-founder Anthony Fulvio as they eat and drink their way through town.

On the high end, the crew hits Vernick Food and Drink, Zahav, Kensington Quarters and But they also hit small spots like Stargazy, Philly Style Bagels, Tortilleria San Roman, South Philly Barbacoa and Café Diem.

It’s an impressive 32-hours of food and drink. And at six pages, is as many as any other city is allotted in the issue.

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Michael Solomonov Is a James Beard Finalist for Outstanding Chef


Michael Solomonov: Nominated for Outstanding Chef 2016

Today, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its 2016 awards. Zahav chef and owner Michael Solomonov is a finalist for Outstanding Chef and his cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking was also nominated in the International Cookbook category.

Three Philadelphia chefs made it through to the finals for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. They were Eli Kulp, ForkRich Landau, Vedge;  and Greg Vernick, Vernick Food + Drink.

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Dizengoff NYC Named One of the World’s Most Exciting Restaurant Openings

dizengoff wallpaper 940Bloomberg Business named Dizengoff’s opening in New York’s Chelsea Market as one of the 26 most exciting restaurant openings in the world this spring. The first New York venture of Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook (Zahav, Abe Fisher, Percy Street, Federal Donuts) is hailed as a reason for hummus lovers to rejoice.

The New York City Dizengoff will offer Israeli wines by the glass and shakshuka all day. That’s a treat Philadelphians only get on Sundays ($11 per bowl). Other restaurants in the list range from a French cafe at Versailles to a new casual restaurant in Copenhagen from the team that gave the world Noma, a restaurant praised as the best in the world. Not bad company for a hummusiya.

Volvér Gets 5 Star Rating by Forbes Travel Guide

Photo by Joni Nimrod

Jose Garces and his Volver team | Photo by Yoni Nimrod

Volvér has been named a Five-Star Restaurant by Forbes Travel Guide in its 2016 Star Ratings. Only 56 restaurants around the world received Forbes’ highest rating. Restaurants that receive the highest rating are described as “outstanding, often iconic properties with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities.”

The Forbes guide was formerly the Mobil Travel Guide and has been issuing ratings since 1958. The last restaurant in Philadelphia to receive five stars was the Fountain at the Four Seasons, which had it five consecutive years before closing in December of 2014.

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